The Stonewall Uprising

On June 28, 1969, the Stonewall uprising took place. It began in the early morning at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. As was typical during that time period, police officers entered the bar and arrested employees for selling alcohol without a liquor license, roughed up customers, cleared the bar and arrested customers for not wearing at least three articles of “gender-appropriate” clothing. While raids like this happened regularly, this time the LGBTQ+ community (patrons and neighbors) had had enough and engaged in what began as a spontaneous, violent demonstration that spawned additional demonstrations over several days. Though LGBTQ+ rights activism existed prior to 1969, many view Stonewall as the beginning of the organized gay rights movement and it is also seen as a symbol of resistance to social and political discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

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